BREAKING NEWS: Ignition Interlock Devices Required for TN DUI

Breathalyzer Ignition Interlock Device required after July 1st for DUI with as low as .08 blood alcohol.

On May 16, 2013, Tennessee passed one of the most restrictive DUI laws in the nation requiring first time DUI offenders with a breath test as low as .08 to have an ignition interlock device installed in their motor vehicle (House Bill 353; Senate Bill 670).

An ignition interlock device is a device that connects a motor vehicle ignition system to a breath-alcohol analyzer and prevents the vehicle from started if the driver's blood alcohol level exceeds the calibrated setting on the device. The device will also take a photo identifying the person providing the breath sample, recording the date and time and test result and the photo of the person. The driver is subject to continuous monitoring while operating the motor vehicle.

Installation of an ignition interlock device is mandatory for first-time offenders this will be required for the duration of the restricted driver's license and for 6 months thereafter. For a person with a prior conviction, it will be required for the duration of the restricted license and for a period of 1 year thereafter.

It is unknown how this will impact the military DUI's at Ft. Campbell Kentucky because over half of the installation is on the Tennessee side of post and persons arrested there are cited to U.S. District (Federal) Court for a Tennessee DUI, even though it is the military installation, under the Assimilated Crimes Act, 18 U.S.C. § 13 which assimilates state code provisions into federal law.

Don't Drink and Drive! If you are arrested get a veteran criminal defense lawyer.

The Aldred Law Firm has aggressively defended DUI cases for over 30 years. We handle Clarksville DUI's, Tennessee DUI's, Kentucky DUI's and Ft. Campbell DUI's, on the military installation.

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